Fantasy Historical Fiction Reviews

Book Review | The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

November 29, 2020
the invisible life of addie larue on cell phone with headphones

By V.E. Schwab

Have you ever wanted something so badly in life that you’d make a deal with the devil to get it? Addie LaRue did – guiding the reader on a magically heart-breaking journey.

Goodreads Synopsis:

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. 

Addie LaRue doesn’t want to be forced into marriage so she makes a deal with the devil that changed her whole life. Fantasy is not one of my typical reading genres but I’m so glad I broke “habit” and picked this up. 

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue captures your attention from page 1 and doesn’t loosen its hold over you…like, ever. I still think about this book. Absolute masterpiece.

This was the first book I have read by Schwab and she is now on my auto-buy author list. Yes, just after reading this one book. Her writing was haunting, atmospheric, perfection.

For me, this novel was both character and plot driven. There are so many twists and turns, unpredictible paths, and gut wrenching moments.

Addie LaRue quickly become one of my favorite protagonists and this book is definitely Top 10 reads of 2020.

I listed to the audiobook version and narrator Julia Whelan did a fantastic job.

Thank you Macmillan Audio for this gifted audiobook.

…it is sad, of course, to forget. But it is a lonely thing, to be forgotten. To remember when no one else does.

V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

PUBLICATION DETAILS: Tor Books; 6 October 2020; 442 pages; Fantasy, Historical Fiction

AUDIOBOOK DETAILS: Macmillan Audio; 5 October 2020; 17 hours; Fantasy, Historical Fiction

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